University of Texas at Austin’s Landmarks public art program and the university’s Visual Arts Center (VAC) will co-present four video works by Kara Walker in an exhibition this fall. The exhibition, The Fact of Fiction, extends the Landmarks Video program into the VAC’s Fieldworks gallery, and is organized by Kanitra Fletcher, Landmarks Video Curator. Fiction will be on view from September 25–October 23, featuring one work by Walker each week, along with online virtual resources and programs.
The screening schedule is as follows, contingent upon the reopening of UT Austin this fall:
September 25–October 3: Testimony: Narrative of a Negress Burdened by Good Intentions, 2004. Black and white video, 8:49 min.
October 6–October 10: 8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture, 2005. Black and white video, sound, 15:57 min.
October 13–October 17: …calling to me from the angry surface of some grey and threatening sea., 2007. Video, color, 9:10 min.
October 20–October 23: Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale, 2011. Video, color, sound, 17 min.
Kara Walker rose to prominence in the mid-1990s with her radical retooling of the 18th-century genre of cut paper silhouettes. Turning this genteel craft on its head, Walker created perverse, panoramic vignettes of stark figures—usually black forms against a white wall— engaged in erotic, racially-charged violence. With unflinching authenticity, they address both the history of American slavery and the persistent, residual racism of today.
Landmarks is the award-winning public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. Its collection of modern and contemporary art celebrates diverse perspectives, featuring commissioned projects alongside sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. By making great art free and accessible to all, Landmarks inspires thought and growth.
The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is an artist-driven gallery space committed to supporting process-oriented work and providing a platform for emerging artists, curators, and educators to experiment, test ideas, and take risks. We aim to spark generative conversations about art and contemporary society through our exhibitions and public programs.